Fiberglass Propane Cyclinders for RVing?

Fiberglass propane cylinders lighter, more durable…

If you ever thought that in the world of propane cylinders, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” think again. How about an LP cylinder made, not from steel or aluminum, but from plastic and fiberglass? Sound a bit wild? Hang on, there’s a company that sells them, and you might just want to consider them.

The Lite Cylinder Company is happily turning out fiberglass/plastic composite LP gas cylinders, and yes, first off, they are government DOT approved for use on RVs. What makes these little tanks different from their typical steel cousins?

First, they’re a wee bit lighter–about 30% lighter than conventional steel cylinders. This translates into about four pounds lighter for a standard 20-pound (five gallon) cylinder. The next size up? Lite Cylinder offers a 25-pound (six-gallon plus) cylinder that scales in at just about 19 pounds. While it holds a gallon less than the steel standard, it does weigh six-pounds less.

But the weight of these LP containments isn’t the only consideration. The actual gas containment vessel is made of spun fiberglass and plastic. The resulting vessel is translucent–you’ll never need to guess how much (or better still–how little) fuel is left in the cylinder–you can see the level with you own eyes. The actual “tank” if you will, is contained in a strong plastic shell that provides a carrying handle, a flat base to sit on, and stackability–you can toss these guys one on top of another.

The materials used in construction of Lite’s cylinders are also completely impervious to rust. No more “painting” your tanks; they won’t scratch and look ugly.

Ah, but what about price? The 20-pound cylinders retail on Lite’s website for $99, while the largest vertical cylinder, the 25-pounder, retails for $120.00. That’s a bit higher than your average camping store $99 retail price for a 30-pounder, but take into consideration you don’t need any “accessories” like a gauge system to determine how much LP is left, and no $11.00 “tank foot” to keep your cylinder from falling over while transporting.

The government gives a 15-year life estimate to these fiberglass cylinders. They are subject to the usual fire code regulations for periodic recertification. Get more information, locate a dealer, or order directly at the Lite Cylinder web site.

Article Courtesy of RV TECH Tips.

Gasoline prices predicted to fall in 2013

Great news for us RVers out there. Gas prices are predicted to fall this year.  I guess we will have to wait to see if this actually happens or not.  But I’m looking forward to getting out to my favorite campgrounds…. Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

NEW YORK (AP) — At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.

Hamburger, health care and taxes are all set to take a bigger bite out of the family budget this year. But drivers’ annual gas bills are expected to drop for the first time in four years.

Forecasters say ample oil supplies and weak U.S. demand will keep a lid on prices. The lows will be lower and the highs won’t be so high compared with a year ago. The average price of a gallon of gasoline will fall 5 percent to $3.44, according to the Energy Department.

“Everything is lining up to lead to softer prices this year,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service.

That would still be the third-highest average price ever. But a discount of 19 cents per gallon from 2012 would save the typical household $205 this year and free up $25 billion that could go instead to restaurants, malls or movie theaters — the kind of consumer spending that accounts for 70 percent of American economic activity.

“It’s a little benefit to the economy, and it’s a little more reason the Fed doesn’t have to worry about inflation,” said James Hamilton, an economist at the University of California at San Diego who studies energy prices.

Forecasters caution that they can’t predict other factors like Middle East tensions, refinery problems or hurricanes along the U.S. Gulf Coast — in other words, the same events that caused gasoline prices to spike in 2011 and 2012. Any or all of those troubles could crop up again in 2013 and push pump prices above last year’s record average of $3.63 a gallon.

The government expected gas to average about $3 during 2011. Then came the Arab Spring, which included the shutdown of Libya’s oil production. Oil prices shot up, and gasoline averaged $3.53 for the year. The government’s forecast for last year also turned out to be too low, by 18 cents per gallon.

And, Hamilton said, consumer spending might not see a boost from lower gasoline prices because most Americans will be paying higher taxes. The expiration of last year’s payroll tax reduction will cost an extra $579 for households making $40,000 to $50,000 in 2013, according to the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan Washington research group.

But after average gas prices rose in 2010, 2011, and 2012, a little relief will be welcome in 2013.

Gas prices set records each of the past two years for a few reasons. Global demand has risen as the developing economies of Asia, Latin America and the Middle East burn more gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. At the same time, unrest in the Middle East has sparked fears of widespread supply disruptions in a region that produces a quarter of the world’s oil. That makes traders willing to pay higher prices up front for oil as a way to protect against possible dramatic price spikes in the future.

In the U.S. last year, several refineries and pipelines had problems that reduced gasoline supplies, especially on the West Coast and in the Midwest, helping to push pump prices even higher.

This year, global oil demand is expected to rise slightly again, but increased production, especially in the U.S., should keep supplies ample. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said this week that American production will grow next year by 900,000 barrels per day, the nation’s biggest single-year increase ever. By 2014, U.S. production will reach its highest level since 1988.

At the same time, U.S. gasoline consumption is back down to 2002 levels because of more fuel-efficient cars and the tepid economy. It isn’t expected to rise this year or next, according to the Energy Department.

That means the U.S. will need to import less oil, which will increase global supplies and help tamp down prices somewhat.

The current average retail price of gasoline is $3.31 per gallon, 6 cents lower than last year, according to AAA, OPIS and Wright Express. AAA predicts gas won’t surpass $3.80 a gallon this year.

The peak last year was $3.94, reached in April. The auto club also says average pump prices could drop as low as $3.20, a level that the country hasn’t seen since February 2011.

Tom Kloza of OPIS expects price differences between regions of the country will remain large, and local prices could be volatile as supplies build and dwindle. In Utah, drivers are paying $2.88 per gallon on average, while in New York drivers are paying $3.75. Just in the last four months, gasoline supplies on the West Coast fell to their lowest level in a generation, then rose to where they are now, their highest level in a generation.

AAA forecasts the national average will peak between $3.60 and $3.80 in the spring, then drop to between $3.20 and $3.40 by mid-summer. It will rise again during the hurricane season along the Gulf Coast, the nation’s oil-refining hub, before moving lower toward the end of the year.

It’s that up-and-down movement that will dictate drivers’ moods. Drivers tend to remember what they paid for their last fill-up — not that they may have paid a little less a year ago, Hamilton said.

“People have a short reference point,” he said.

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Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey .

Pennsylvania RV owners celebrate for FREE!

Free Lerch RV Gift Card
Lerch RV is giving away a FREE $36 gift card, good towards purchases made in our large parts store, service invoices or a new RV. In celebration of our Thirty-sixth year anniversary, we would like to offer our customers and friends this FREE $36 Lerch RV Gift Card. You can get yours by going HERE. Hurry, this offer is only available until January 31,2013.

And do not forget to check out our Thirty-sixth Anniversary Sales Flyer for the lowest prices on RVs by national leading manufacturers. Start the new year off right, with low, low, low RV prices from Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer.

Lerch RV's 36th Anniversary Sale

Looking for a RV? Learn the lingo…

Most Pennsylvanians know that RVs and campers fall into two general categories, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. However to help you remember, we have compiled a list of the all the major classes of RVs.

Tow-able RVs, which are designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle (car, SUV, van or pickup truck) and are of such size and weight as not to require a special highway movement permit. They do not require permanent on-site hookup. These include folding camping trailers, truck campers, travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers.

Motorized RVs, which are built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, combining transportation and living quarters in one unit. These include class A, B and C motor homes, which all must be driven to your destination.

Examples of each type are listed below.

Tow-able Trailers

  • folding camping trailer — A lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage. The folding camping trailer combines the experience of open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs.
  • truck camper — A unit loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup. The truck camper is popular for back-road journeys, accessing remote locales and family recreational camping.
  • travel trailer — A unit designed to be towed by a car, van or pickup by means of a frame hitch, the travel trailer provides all the comforts of home and is perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations and full-timing.
  • hybrid/expandable travel trailer – A lighter weight unit designed to provide you with hard sides that can be towed by a car, van, suv or truck by means of a frame mounted hitch. Provides the conveniences of a full size camper, but offsets the weight by having tip out, or fold down canvas tent end bedding areas.
  • fifth-wheel travel trailer — Designed to be affixed and towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch in the truck bed, these two-level units can provide the greatest living of all tow-able RVs. Fifth-wheel travel trailers come equipped with all the comforts of home, and are perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations and full-timing.

Motorized Coaches

  • class A motorhome — Also commonly referred to as the conventional motor home, it is the largest, most luxurious of the motorized RVs — a virtual “home-away from-home” on wheels, fully loaded and equipped for short trips, lengthy vacations and full-timing. It’s entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor-vehicle chassis.
  • class B motorhome — Also commonly referred to as the van camper, it is a cargo van that has been customized to include temporary sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities.
  • class C motorhome — Sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome, it provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version and at a lower price. It is built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section.
Information found at RV Terminology by HGTV.

RV 2013 on HGTV

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RV 2013 on HGTV

HGTV’s RV 2013, filmed in September 2012, at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA.  Is set to debut on January 1st at 6pm (EST and PST). The program, hosted by Brandon Johnson, leads three families on the shopping trip of a lifetime as they search for their perfect RV.

“It was a delight, once again, to work with HGTV and the Nancy Glass Production Company to bring such an entertaining and informative program to so many people,” Rebecca Lenington, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, which sponsors the RV Show, says. “We can’t wait to see the final product.”

The program, which airs on New Years’ Day, features the manufacturers and vendors which exhibited at America’s Largest RV Show in September. Lerch RV‘s Open Range display was filmed once again this past year. We are looking forward to the final cut as well to see if the Open Range 413RLL made the show.

 

Award Winning PA RV Dealership

Lerch RV was recently recognized as the #1 Sales Volume Dealer in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast Regions by Open Range RV.  And the #2 Sales Volume dealer nationwide.  Here at the dealership, we are truly happy with being honored as such.  Being the largest Open Range RV dealer east of the Mississippi River is a great honor.  We would like to thank our current Open Range RV customers and owners, who have allowed up to receive such an award.

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!  LERCH RV IS THE #2 OPEN RANGE DEALERSHIP IN SALES VOLUME FOR 2012!  AND ALSO THE #1 DEALER IN THE MID-ATLANTIC / EAST COAST MARKETS. GREAT JOB!

Paul Sirian

Open Range Regional Sales Representative

If you are looking for a new or used Open Range RV, look no further than the largest Open Range dealer in Pennsylvania and the east coast, Lerch RV.

Largest RV Show in America – Pennsylvania RV Show

America’s largest RV and Camping Show in our backyard.

America’s largest RV and Camping Show is set to begin in  few short weeks.  Commonly called the Hershey RV Show or the Pennsylvania RV Show, America’s largest RV show lives up to its name.  Beginning September 12, 2012 and continuing until September 16, 2012.  This year’s RV show held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will have something for everyone.  From the smallest tent trailer up to the largest, most luxurious motor-home.

Some things to remember while attending America’s largest RV and Camping show.  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9am – 8pm.  Sunday the RV show is open from 9am – 5pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, Children 12 and under are FREE.  After 3pm you can purchase a Twilight Pass for only $5.  A three-day pass will cost you $20.  Wednesday, September 12 is Senior Day (55+) at America’s largest RV Show.  Fifty percent off one full ticket price.  And Veterans are being honored everyday, save $1 off your admission. With proper ID. Remember only cash is accepted at entrance gates.

RVing OFFERS QUALITY TIME FOR FAMILIES

Today’s busy parents face the challenge of planning family vacations that provide quality time together without breaking the bank! In growing numbers, they’re finding the solution to their problem in recreation vehicles (RVs). RVs have become extremely popular for families with children, previously the province of the grandparents. In a study conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, 92% of parents who own RVs said they are the best way to travel with your family or children. The additional opportunity to go on short weekend trips adds to value of owning an RV.

The 44th Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show can answer all those families with “first time RV” questions. There will be over 1300 RVs to compare all the models, prices and options that are available. Plus there will be many seminars offered on everything from traveling with children to purchasing the proper type of insurance.

OWNING AN RV IS NOT JUST FOR RETIREES

The thought that only retirees own an RV is not true anymore! Many families enjoy the RV lifestyle many weekends a year with quick trips, long holiday weekend get-a-ways, family vacations, football tailgate parties, NASCAR trips, plus many more activities that keep the RV family on the road!

Everything from the small pop-up camper to the full size motor-home lets the RVer “Pursue Their Passions” no matter where they are, no matter what they are! No reservations, to schedules, no lines, no lugging luggage…..freedom to “Pursue Your Passions”….let the first move be visiting the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show and explore the possibilities!